The Dallas Morning News is reporting that a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) driver has been killed after she lost control of the bus she was driving and slammed into a concrete pillar late Friday evening.
Details about the Bus Accident in Dallas
The driver of the bus, Zulita Walker, was driving the empty bus from Interstate 45 onto the eastbound Interstate 30 ramp at about 11:30 p.m. when the bus ran off the road and hit a pillar, according to agency spokesman Morgan Lyons.
A witness at the scene of the accident, Sabrina Offord, was driving behind the bus when the accident happened. She told KXAS-TV News that the area of the road where the bus crashed bounces a bit, and that most cars bounce four or five times in that stretch of road.
The witness further said that on the last bounce, the driver lost control of the bus and hit the bridge hard.
Although the official cause of the accident has yet to be determined, investigators are working to get on-board video from the bus at the time of the accident.
Walker was recently in the spotlight in area news in October when she talked down a man that was about to commit suicide by jumping off the overpass at Interstate 635 and Highway 75.
Statistics about Accidents in the United States
According to the Texas Department of Transportation:
- Based on crashes that were reported in 2014 – 1 person was killed in Texas every 2 hours 29 minutes in motor vehicle crashes, and there was one reportable crash every 66 seconds.
- The total number of people killed in motor-vehicle crashes in Texas in 2014 was 3,534 – a 3.7 percent increase from the year before.
- Another 237.941 people were injured in Texas in motor vehicle accidents in 2014.